Program Overview

The World Endeavours Study Abroad program in Ecuador takes place at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ). It is a liberal arts, private university, the first self-financed university in Ecuador. Choose to study here and immerse yourself in the cultural and ecological diversity of this northern Andean country.

The main campus of USFQ, ranked in the top three universities in Ecuador, is in Cumbaya, a commuter town just outside of Quito and the highest income area in the country. Students benefit from a library, education and research laboratories and seven restaurants. USFQ is the only university in the world that owns a campus in the Galapagos Islands and in the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, one of Earth’s most biodiverse areas.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Study abroad at Universidad San Francisco de Quito and experience the wonders of the cultural and ecological riches of Ecuador. Take in the tree lined avenues and green spaces of the USFQ campus and dive into the many student activities on offer, from capoeira to photography and tango.

When you study at USFQ you will benefit from learning at a highly-regarded liberal arts institution, which focuses on strengthening your communication, critical analysis and research skills with its comprehensive humanistic training. Learn from a wide network of experts as you hone your workplace skills.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Approval received from the home university.
  • Current official undergraduate degree transcript.
  • Valid passport until at least 6 months after your program end date. Copy of your passport (photo page).
  • Most students will be required to obtain a study visa. The application process can be extensive but World Endeavors staff will walk you through it!

Location

Choosing to study abroad at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, located just outside of Quito, will give you access to all the sights and experiences that this unique and fascinating city has to offer. From its beautiful historic town square to the lively cafes and parks, there is so much to see and do here. The good cost of living makes it all accessible.

Take a free walking tour to give you an overall sense of the city and cover all the best sights in town. And of course you can’t visit Ecuador without visiting the site of the equator itself (which is what the city is named for). Outdoor enthusiasts can also use Quito as a gateway to exploring Ecuador’s lush and diverse cloud forest.

Housing

USFQ matches international students with carefully screened host families in Quito and Cumbayá. Host families provide students with their own bedroom (bathroom may be shared), Wifi internet access, and two meals per day (breakfast and dinner). Host families generally live within a 15-45 minute commute by public transportation from the USFQ campus. For those who prefer independent living, students can find accommodation on their own, with the help of recommendations from USFQ.

Life in Quito

Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is one of the most scenic cities in the Americas. It lies in the valley of the Guayllabamba River, and is flanked by snow-capped volcanoes. Quito’s beautifully preserved historic center is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.

Explore this vibrant city and browse bustling markets like the Otavalo Market, filled with traditional crafts and artisanal food. Wander around Carolina Park, the heart of the city where families gather to relax and play soccer. Or take the TeleferiQo skyrail to the top of the dormant Pichincha volcano and soak up the views from the top.

Support whilst in Ecaudor

World Endeavors study abroad programs offer full support, starting with airport pickup and accommodation transfer upon arrival followed by an on-site orientation covering health, safety, and local tips. Emergency support from your in-country coordinator, 24/7 travel medical insurance, and continuous contact with your advisor for additional assistance throughout the program helps you feel secure and supported. Whatever challenges life throws your way, we’ve got you covered!

Academic

Academic credit and transcripts are issued by Universidad San Francisco de Quito after the successful completion of the program. USFQ is a fully-accredited, state-recognized institution of higher learning where you can develop the workplace skills you need to succeed.

The World Endeavors process is designed to take the guesswork out of academic credit and credit transfers. Our experienced advisors work with each student and his or her academic advisor before the program begins to ensure students earn the credit expected for courses taken abroad.

Eligibility

Applicants to study abroad with World Endeavors must have completed high school (or equivalent), and, in most cases, must be at least 18 years of age. While some programs have minimum GPA requirements and require that applicants be currently enrolled in a college or university, others are open to all participants regardless of age or student status. Please contact a World Endeavors advisor for more detailed eligibility criteria.

Course Load

Courses at Universidad San Francisco de Quito are lecture and seminar-based, with significant independent study expected. We recommend students take only four courses per semester. Students may take five courses per semester with approval from their Academic or Study Abroad Advisor first.

What's Included/ Costs

INCLUDED

  • Dedicated Program Advisor who is accessible and experienced
  • Tuition: 12-18 credits per semester (up to 5 courses)
  • Academic transcript from Universidad San Francisco de Quito
  • Pre and post arrival orientation; re-entry guidance
  • Student services and learning support
  • Access to university facilities
  • 24/7 emergency phone support
  • Airport reception and welcome
  • Student housing accommodations
  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Travel visa guidance and support
  • Advice on how to get a local phone number

NOT INCLUDED

  • Round-trip transportation to QUITO
  • Visa expenses
  • Optional trips and excursions
  • Textbooks and other course materials
  • Daily transportation
  • Personal expenses
Study in Quito (Universidad San Francisco de Quito)
Cost: $14,105
Summer study in Quito (Universidad San Francisco de Quito) Cost: $8,495

Dates & Deadlines

Summer Session 2024: May 27th - July 23rd, 2024

Application Deadline: April 15th, 2024


Fall Semester 2024: August 21st to December 20th, 2024

Application Deadline: May 15th, 2024


Spring Semester 2024: January 15th to May 17th, 2024

Application Deadline: October 15th, 2024


Program dates listed are for reference only and are subject to change. Please wait until after acceptance and you have received the confirmed dates to book any flights.

Every World Endeavors Study Abroad Program Includes

Our study abroad programs are as unique as our destinations, but there are program features that unify all of our study experiences.

YOUR STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM

  • Top accredited universities
  • Flexible durations – 2 to 4 weeks to a full academic year
  • Expansive destination options
  • English instruction offered in all locations

ACCOMMODATION

  • Vetted campus accommodations selected with quality and safety in mind
  • Friendly community of peers from local host country and around the world

TEAM OF EXPERTS

  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator

PREPARATION AND SUPPORT

  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support
  • Activities and cultural engagement
  • On-campus social events, clubs and sports

ACADEMIC CREDIT

  • Professional assistance and collaboration with home institution on course approvals and credit transfers
  • Transcript received directly from university abroad

PEACE OF MIND

  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance

HEALTH & SAFETY

When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.

WHAT TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME IN ECUADOR

In Ecuador, there are plenty of exciting activities to enjoy during your spare time. Here are some suggestions:

  • Explore the Amazon Rainforest: Nature enthusiasts can embark on guided jungle tours, spot diverse wildlife, and experience the rich biodiversity of the region.
  • Hike the Andes Mountains: Explore the stunning landscapes of the Andes on popular treks, such as the Quilotoa Loop.
  • Visit Historical Cities: Wander through Ecuador’s historic cities like Quito and Cuenca, where you can admire colonial architecture, visit museums, and soak in the local culture.
  • Enjoy Local Cuisine: Delight your taste buds with Ecuadorian cuisine, including ceviche, empanadas, llapingachos (potato patties), and delicious tropical fruits.
  • Experience Indigenous Markets: Visit indigenous markets like Otavalo Market, where you can buy unique handicrafts, textiles, and traditional souvenirs.

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Ecuador FAQs

Are the Galapagos Islands part of Ecuador?

The Galapagos Islands are part of Ecuador, located approximately 1,000 kilometers off the Ecuadorian coast. The archipelago is considered an Ecuadorian province and part of the country’s national park system.

Is Ecuador a Developing Country?

Ecuador is considered a developing country because of its lower Human Development Index value than many others, meaning that Ecuador has a lower GDP, higher poverty levels, and fewer public services than other countries.

Is Ecuador a Safe Place to Travel?

Generally, Ecuador is a safe country for travelers. However, it’s essential to take precautions to ensure your safety. Keep valuables secure and be aware of your surroundings at all times, use caution when traveling in certain areas at night, and avoid carrying large amounts of cash.

What is the population of Ecuador?

According to the World Bank, Ecuador has an estimated population of 18 million people.

What language does Ecuador speak?

The primary language spoken in Ecuador is Spanish.

How to apply for a Study Abroad Program

You’ve decided to study abroad – congratulations! Applying for your World Endeavors program is easy and stress-free. Get ready to CHANGE YOUR WORLD!

STEP 1
EXPLORE & ASK

Research and compare. If you can’t decide on a program, we can guide you toward the best fit.

STEP 2
SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Fill out our online application form to share all your relevant details with our team.

STEP 3
ENROLL & PREPARE

Receive your official acceptance and enroll. We’ll give you all the info you need to get ready!

STEP 4
START YOUR ADVENTURE!

You’ve researched, planned and saved. Now you’re ready to study and explore like never before!